I had an odd and uncomfortable dream last night/this morning. (I guess I could write, “Consider the source,” but I would never do that.) I was extremely anxious and upset that I had a paper due in three weeks and, I think, I had not begun working on it. This anxiety consumed my life until I realized that I am no longer in school and, therefore, had no paper due. I then woke up.
I have read/heard that dreams are not really connected to our conscious brain, but this is not the first time I’ve had a dream short-circuited by reality. I once dreamt that I was in a sixth-grade classroom and was extremely upset by that fact. After sitting in the classroom for some time I said to myself in the dream, “I have a graduate degree; I don’t have to be here.” That was the end of the dream.
Of course, one dream I had many years ago was short-circuited by something that was not true at the time, but which gave me great comfort, anyway. I dreamt I was struggling to pay my bills. I was worried that I would have to sell my house and my car. All of a sudden I had a revelation, “Why are you worrying about money? You have four million dollars in the bank.” I didn’t then and I don’t really now, but that “revelation” was extremely comforting and ended the dream. As for the exact number “four million” I must have just watched the movie Twins because that amount of money has significance near the end of the film.
What can I say? It can be hell to live with my brain.
At the risk of alienating some of my readers, I will state my opinion that an amendment that begins with “A well-regulated militia” should not mean that guns can be owned by anyone and everyone. If one looks at the 20 countries with the highest rates of firearm-related deaths, the list shows 19 countries that are not wealthy and the US. (According to IMF data, the 19 countries on that list excluding the US have an average rank of 90th in the world in per capita GDP; the US ranks 8th.) One would also see disproportionate representation by Central American and South American countries. Sixteen of the 20 countries are in the Western Hemisphere. What that means, if anything, is beyond my scope of knowledge.
If you are not a regular reader you should know that I do not consider myself to be a blind adherent of any ideology. I believe in capitalism and not socialism, I think the phrase “affirmative action” is a euphemism for discrimination and I think that the estate tax and other forms of confiscatory and punitive taxation are theft by the government. However, I believe in common sense and empiricism above all else and no one in the US should be proud of the fact that its rate of gun homicide is 8 or 10 times higher than Canada’s and 55 or 60 times higher than that of the UK. Guns make it way too easy for people to kill people.
Many of us who are or have been NFL fans are mourning the loss of long-time writer Don Banks. From Peter King’s FMIA column today:
“Don Banks, one of the leading NFL reporters in the country, died suddenly on Sunday in Canton, Ohio. He was in Canton to cover the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies over the weekend, and his first story in his new job, as NFL columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was published in Sunday’s editions.”
“Banks, 56, had a 36-year career in sportswriting, beginning when he covered prep sports as an intern in the Tampa Bay area for the St. Petersburg Times. He moved on to cover the Buccaneers for the Times, before moving to Minnesota to cover pro football for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and later the St. Paul Pioneer Press. It was there that Banks caught the eye of editors at Sports Illustrated. In 2000, he was hired as NFL columnist for the Sports Illustrated website, SI.com.”
“Banks was an NFL lifer. At SI, his Snap Judgments column on Sunday evenings became appointment reading for NFL fans. After an illustrious career at SI ended in 2016, Banks moved on to write about the league for NFL.com, Bleacher Report, Patriots.com and The Athletic. That led to the editors at the Review-Journal, needing a respected national presence to cover the NFL with the Raiders moving to Nevada in 2020, conducting a one-candidate job search. They hired Banks as their NFL correspondent. He started last Thursday, and his first story appeared on the paper’s website just hours before he died.”
“He was known for his absolute impartiality, covering the league at a time when he both lampooned and praised Roger Goodell, the commissioner who has been under fire for much of the last decade.”
I used to enjoy Banks’ columns when I followed the NFL more than I do now and was disappointed when he was let go by Sports Illustrated. I think it is a most cruel irony that Banks died just as his first column in his new job was published. My condolences to the Banks family.
Time for something lighter:
From en.wheelsage.org a picture of a Daihatsu Copen Cero, one of Japan’s Kei Cars. This is the Japanese classification for the smallest highway-legal cars. (“Lighter”—see what I did there.)
The Copen is currently in its second generation (as of 2014) and has been produced since 2002 with the exclusion of a short pause from 2012 to 2014 caused primarily by the increasing strength of the Japanese yen versus the Euro currency. The current Japanese version of the Copen is powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder engine of 658cc/40 cubic-inch displacement that produces 63 HP/68 LB-FT of torque. If I understand correctly, the Copen used to be available with either a manual or automatic transmission, but is now only available with a CVT automatic. The car only weighs about 2,000 pounds and probably wouldn’t be too safe in the US among all the SUVs and pickup trucks. I think they are quite fetching and could have a use, I suppose, in uncongested areas, if such places still exist in the US.
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